Published date: 19 October 2021

Last edited date: 9 December 2021

Open future opportunity - This means that the buyer is not yet ready to invite bid applications but early notification has been provided and some dialogue may be possible.


Approach to market date: 22 July 2022

Contract summary

Industry

  • Network interfaces - 30237110

  • Network interfaces cards - 30237135

  • Satellite antennas - 32324310

    • Networks - 32400000

    • Satellite-related communications equipment - 32530000

    • Telephone network - 32551400

    • Networking, Internet and intranet software package - 48200000

    • Maintenance and repair of data network equipment - 50312300

    • Maintenance of data network equipment - 50312310

    • Repair of data network equipment - 50312320

    • Telephone network maintenance services - 50334110

    • Telecommunications services - 64200000

    • Networking software development services - 72212210

    • Network operating system software development services - 72212214

    • Networking developers software development services - 72212215

    • Network connectivity terminal emulation software development services - 72212216

    • Miscellaneous networking software development services - 72212219

    • Data network management and support services - 72315000

    • Internet domain names - 72417000

    • Network management software services - 72511000

    • Local area network services - 72710000

    • Wide area network services - 72720000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract

£5,000,000,000

Procurement reference

RM6116

Published date

19 October 2021

Approach to market date

22 July 2022

Contract start date

3 April 2023

Contract end date

2 April 2027

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?

Yes

Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

Yes


Description

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the Authority intends to put in place a Pan Government Collaborative Agreement for the provision of Network Services to be utilised by Central Government Departments and all other UK Public Sector Bodies, including Local Authorities, Health, Police, Fire and Rescue, Education and Devolved Administrations. It is intended that this commercial agreement will be the recommended vehicle for all Core Network access and infrastructure requirements, including all aspects of Communications services.

The Framework agreement will be the next iteration of Network Services 2 (RM3808), without the inclusion of Mobile Voice and Data services.

The lotting structure of this framework will be determined as a result of the pre-market engagement which will take place on November 2nd, 2021. Details on how to register to participate on the day, can be found below.


More information

Spend profile

This table displays the spend profile of the notice
Financial year Budget
2023/2024 £70,000,000
2024/2025 £199,769,548
2025/2026 £239,723,458
2026/2027 £287,668,150

Additional text

This Prior Information Notice is to signal an intention to commence market engagement with those within the Network Services market.

Crown Commercial Service is holding a pre-market engagement workshop on November 2nd, 2021, with industry experts and suppliers interested in potentially bidding for the resulting framework contracts. If you are interested in participating or attending the pre-market engagement workshop, please follow this link below to register for the day.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ns3-pre-market-engagement-kick-off-tickets-181654963887

The estimated date of contract publication in section II.3 is subject to change based on Cabinet Office governance approvals.

The spend profile indicates anticipated spend for the 4-year term of the framework agreement. Please note that spend will continue on call-offs once the framework agreement has expired

Total framework value remains at £5BN.


How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer

Contact name

The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service

Address

9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
Liverpool
L3 9PP
England

Telephone

+44 3450103503

Email

supplier@crowncommercial.gov.uk

Website

https://www.gov.uk/ccs